Structure and Variation in Everyday English
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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
- Author: Andrew Radford, University of Essex
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Using novel examples from live, unscripted radio/TV broadcasts and the internet, this path-breaking book will force us to reconsider the nature of everyday English and its complex interplay of syntactic, pragmatic, sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic factors. Uncovering unusual types of non-standard relative clauses, Andrew Radford develops theoretically sophisticated analyses in an area that has traditionally hardly been touched on: that of nonstandard (yet not clearly dialectal) variation in English. Making sense of a huge amount of data, the book demonstrates that some types of non-standard relative clauses have a complex syntactic structure of their own in which the relation between the relative clause and its antecedent is either syntactically encoded or pragmatic in nature, while others come about as a result of hypercorrection, and yet others arise from processing errors.Read more
- Makes sense of a huge amount of new data, serving as an invaluable resource for researchers and students working on syntax and syntactic variation
- Identifies new parameters of microvariation in syntax
- Contributes to understanding the interaction between syntax, pragmatics, sociolinguistics and processing
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- Date Published: June 2019
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108633680
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Table of Contents
2. Resumptive relatives
3. Prepositional relatives
4. Gapless relatives
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